Below you will find our frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions that are not answered below, please email Mark Madison at firstname.lastname@example.org. As you are completing the application, please refer to the Community Impact Application webinar training, available here.
Q: What are Developmental Milestones for Early Childhood Success (0-5)?
A: Developmental Milestones can include a number of outcomes, but ours specifically refer to the mental, emotional and physical milestones achieved by children ages zero to five. Examples include kindergarten readiness assessments, physical achievements like climbing up and down from furniture at 2 years old, or recognition and imitation of words spoken at two years old. Agencies can use monitoring tools they have available that adequately show how their program positively impacts these developmental behaviors at given benchmarks.
Q: What are Crisis Intervention and Disaster Services?
A: Crisis intervention refers to services provided to meet the needs of personal and/or local crises. This can include providing shelter and basic needs when fleeing a domestic abuse situation, offering resources to battle a mental, emotional health crisis, and/or behavioral health crisis, or distributing meals. Disaster services refers specifically to natural disasters and/or declared emergencies.
Q: Can an agency apply for multiple programs?
A: Yes. Agencies may apply for multiple programs but can only submit one program application per focus area. This includes agency applications as part of collaborations.
Q: How many outputs and outcomes should I have?
A: We require at least one output and one outcome for tracking impact, but encourage multiple of each.
Q: What is the maximum request we can make?
A: The maximum request is 20% of program/services expenditures. Calculate this by reviewing expenditures from previous years. When submitting a request for funding, consider what is required to deliver the service applied and achieve indicated outcome measures.
Q: What if I do not have program financials for the prior year because it is a new program or new in our agency?
A: If it is a program that did not exist before this year, or that your agency has newly taken on then the previous year’s actuals can be left blank. Please utilize the Notes section to explain why this is for the Grant Review Panel.
Q: Is the two year service requirement referencing the agency or the program for which we are applying?
A: The minimum service requirement is for an agency. It requires that the agency has served one of the 12 Northeast Georgia counties for at least two years. The program for which the agency is applying may have served another area or is new as long as the agency has served in the area for two years.
Q: What can funding be used for?
A: Funds can be used for costs associated with implementation of a program for which the agency has applied. The amount requested should be what is required to ensure the program functions as intended and funding recommendations will be made based on available funding.
Q: How long will funding last?
A: Funding is based on an annual cycle. Agencies who have been approved for grants will begin receiving that funding January 2022. Funding will be distributed monthly throughout the rest of 2022.
Q: How much funding is available?
A: United Way of Northeast Georgia will collect funds through June of 2021 to be distributed in 2022. With current funds in hand, we will have funding available in the range of $500,000 to $700,000.
Q: Are agencies utilizing fiscal sponsors allowed to apply?
A: Yes, but they need to apply as a collaborator of that fiscal sponsor.
Q: Will we have access to our application for our own records after submission?
A: Yes, as well as access to your profile throughout the application process. We recommend you download the application after submitting it for your records.
Q: What type of reporting is required from funded programs?
A: For those awarded grants, 6-month reports submitted through e-CImpact with success stories must be provided. If an agency does not provide these reports in a timely manner, they will not be permitted to apply in the following year.
Q: How do I fill out the Program Budget Request 2020 Actuals if my program was not able to be implemented last year due to COVID-19, but was running in 2019?
A: When filling out the Program Budget Form you will include information on the most recently completed program year and make a note of this difference in the Budget Notes form. This should only be done in the circumstance where a program was performed in 2019 but could not be in any form during 2020 due to health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19. Otherwise, including limited forms of the program being implemented, we expect organizations to use the actuals from 2020.
Q: What is a collaboration? How do I include partners that we collaborate with but do not share funding?
A: A collaboration is when two or more nonprofits share funding and work together to achieve common outcomes in a focus area. If you collaborate with other organizations but do not intend to share funding from this application, you can note that information when explaining how your program addresses community need (Question 7 on the Program Information Form).
Q: How do I apply as a collaboration? What are the expectations?
A: One organization will be the lead on the collaboration and will need to be the owner of the application. Partners will be listed as part of the application process. If applying as a part of a collaboration, an agency may not apply for funding as an individual applicant in that same focus area. They can however apply in a different category from their collaboration. All applying as a collaboration must be able to define the distribution of grant funds among each member of the collaboration. All collaborations must demonstrate a greater impact due to their collaborative efforts.
Q: Will there be any follow-up for agencies that are not awarded grants?
A: Organizations that are not awarded grants must request feedback from Mark Madison (email@example.com). United Way of Northeast Georgia does incorporate panel feedback into the future trainings and FAQs.